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WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS artwork

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 120m 22s

Release date 04/05/2011

BBFCInsight Contains moderate violence, threat and brief nudity

Genre(s) Drama, Romance

Director(s) Francis Lawrence

Cast includes Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, James Frain, Paul Schneider

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 24/04/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is a drama, set in Depression-era America, about an aspiring young vet who joins the circus after he is forced to abandon his studies.

Violence

There are a couple of fight sequences featuring moderate violence with crunchy punches with impact detail and some brief sight of bloody injury on characters' faces. There is also a brief blood spurt as a character gets hit over the head with a metal rod.

Threat

There are infrequent scenes of moderate threat when a character is thrown from a moving train, and also when two wild animals are let loose from their cages.

Nudity

There is brief nudity when a character is seen looking at two black and white glamour photographs which feature breast nudity, although the models' nipples are covered. There is also brief sight of breast nudity as a couple begin to have sex, although all that is seen is a man lying on top of a woman as they kiss and he removes his shirt.

There are uses of mild bad language including 'bastard', 'shit', 'damn', 'hell and 'ass'.

There is a single use of discriminatory language when the term 'Polack' is used by a character.

There are mild sex references including references about a character 'inviting men to bed'.

The film also contains sequences in which an elephant is mistreated and beaten with a bullhook, leaving it with bloody injuries. These scenes were achieved using special effects and no animals were harmed. An accredited animal welfare organisation supervised the scenes in the film featuring live animals.

Details

Title
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS
Year
2011
Distributor(s)
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Classified date(s)
24/03/2011
Main language
English
Submitted run time
120m 22s
Approved footage
10833+0
BBFC reference
BFF276125
Registration number
CFJ23175

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